DJ: Welcome, Michelle! Can you tell me what first drew you to the manuscript of LOSING FAITH?
MH: Everything was there for me: the characters, the plot, the writing. The opening pages unfold two very real characters in the sisters, Brie and Faith; there is a great tension between them, and I wanted to keep reading... it was a manuscript I couldn't put down. I also love how the story stays in the realistic realm and -- as we enter the world of the cult -- has an unexpected, almost-paranormal vibe. It's smart and page-turning!
DJ: LOSING FAITH is YA Contemporary. Where do you see the market right now for this genre?
MH: Economy aside, YA is selling well right now, and I think contemporary is especially hot (supernatural and otherwise)-- especially with such authors as Carrie Jones, Lauren Kate, Sarah Dessen, and Maggie Stiefvater. And it will be exciting to see what happens with the genre as ebooks become more popular.
DJ: Are you accepting queries right now, and if so, what are you looking for specifically and how can writers contact you?
MH: Yes, I'm accepting queries, and am looking for middle grade and YA (historical, contemporary, literary, paranormal) and women's fiction. Please feel free to send a query and first chapter (as a word document or pasted into the email) to mhumphrey(at)icmtalent(dot)com. Thanks!
Thank you so much for being here, Michelle!
As I mentioned above, Michelle has offered up a fabulous prize for our blog readers today - a ten-page critique! All you have to do to enter is post your logline (a one or two line hooky description of your novel) in the comments. Three of my awesome critique partners (who I owe greatly for my book hitting the shelves this week) will be judging which ones hook them the most, and one lucky winner will receive a ten-page critique!
This contest will be open until the end of my blog tour on September 14th, so get busy and work on your loglines!!!
And if you are not interested in the critique, please still feel free to comment here for an entry for my Grand Prize Book Packs!